EU actions aim to promote language learning and linguistic diversity in Europe.
Language learning and linguistic diversity are fundamental to the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme under the Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Leonardo Programmes.
The ‘transversal’ part of the programme funds other actions to promote language learning, with actions focused on the teaching and learning needs of several educational sectors.
A labour force with practical language and intercultural skills is crucial for economic growth and better jobs, enabling European businesses to compete in the global market place. Multilingualism can also contribute to personal development, reinforce social cohesion and promote intercultural dialogue, creating opportunities to discover other values, beliefs and behaviour.
Activities should raise awareness of the importance of linguistic skills, boost access to language learning resources and develop teaching materials through:
Priorities for actions are set annually and the initiatives are open to any organisation or institution working in those fields. Any language (worldwide) is eligible for funding under these multilateral projects and networks, including European regional or minority languages.